6A Newsletter 1/29/2016

6A

January 29,  2016

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students took quizzes this week on the geography and major historical events of Western Europe. We are now studying Southern Europe and will then move on to the countries of northern and eastern Europe, followed by Russia.  With Southern Europe, we will learn about the countries of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. We will focus on the geography and how it has shaped the history of these countries, but will not do much on the Ancient Greeks and Romans, since they will study those topics next year.  There is a major project on Europe that I assigned today.  Please check either my blog or Google Classroom for the due date, directions, and the rubric.  

Reading: (A-17)  We continue to read The London Eye Mystery and, while doing so, are working on various pre and post reading strategies.  With the help of the reading specialist Mrs. Gover, students have been working on root word and vocabulary building activities.  Students have also been practicing using top down webs to write open response answers.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Students just finished the Chapter 4 Test on Friday. Next up, we’ll be doing a short unit on Fractions, Decimals and Percents and how to convert between all three. After that we’ll start Chapter 5, which covers Fraction Operations, Mixed Number Operations, and Conversion Problems. Students will also be working on their word problem skills as we will be attempting to turn many math problems into real-life situations. Also, we will be working out of the purple Finish Line workbooks more often than in the first term, so students should have those readily available.

Reading: (A-18) We are still reading Holes and are coming up on to the end. Students continue to have lively discussions and enjoy their Readers Theaters. After Holes, we will try a different type of unit where groups of students will read small books all related to a similar theme.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) It is hard to believe that the year is halfway over. Students worked very hard for Term 2, we had difficult grammar tests, more writing, and of course the midyear exams. Let’s encourage them to continue to push for those A’s and B’s. We just ended a great discussion unit on “Gaston” from Great Books. I am especially proud how students were able to cite texts evidence and talk with each other in a respectful debate. A major part of Term 3 is the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. It is a literary classic. Please feel free to read along with your students, to spark dinner conversations.

*Reminder Stoneham Theatre field trip permission slip and $20.00 is due. We go Thurs., Feb. 4. Students must bring a bagged lunch, and water only (theatre rules). We encourage the students to dress their best too. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Reading: (A-19) We took a mini field trip to the school’s library this past week. It is such a beautiful space filled with lots of light. I need to bring the students there more often to read, Holes. I needed to remind them about proper behavior while there. We continue to do activities on vocab. as well.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week students continued our study of plate tectonics by performing in a plate tectonics dance.  Be sure to check the science blog at http://6ascienced101.blogspot.com/ to see video of their performance!  We have also reviewed how plate movements cause folds and faults, and are beginning our study of earthquakes.  I am planning a quiz on Wednesday, February 2nd.  The study guide for the quiz was passed out in class today, and is posted on google classroom.

Reading: (D-101) Students are completing our second novel this week.  We will begin our final project, a group “readers theater”, complete with props and green screen technology, early next week.  

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